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Secret ISIS terror unit reportedly training British militants in Syria to carry out attacks at home

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A very SECRETIVE unit behind the Paris and Brussels atrocities is training ISIS militants to launch murderous attacks in Britain, a captured member of the terror group has claimed. The ISIS fighter said European fanatics are put through a grueling seven-month training camp before being smuggled out of Syria on a deadly mission to bring carnage to the West, according to the British Sunday Times.

Would-be suicide bombers are coached in bomb making, put through harsh physical endurance tests and drilled in fanatical ideology as they prepare to blow themselves up. The captured militant said:

“It takes seven months to be trained in al-Kharsa brigade. It is very hard. If 20 start the training, only five finish it. Then after that they go back to Europe and attack.”

And British and European militants who cannot travel to Syria are given online instruction by the ISIS “external operations unit” in how to carry out mass casualty atrocities, he said. One such attack by a “sleeper cell” in Britain is said to have been foiled before the terrorists could put their plan into action.

The captured militant’s account appears to tally with US and British intelligence reports that an ISIS external operations unit was behind the linked Paris and Brussels attacks that killed more than 160 people. Belgian-born Abdelhamid Abaaou­d is thought to traveled a number of times between Syria and his home country.

He was a handler in the ISIS external attack planning agency, according to interrogation transcripts from European intelligence agencies. Other members of the Paris terror cell and Brussels bomber Najim Laachra­oui appear to have received training from the same division in Syria.

Now the ISIS prisoner – who was interviewed by the Sunday Times in front of his Kurdish captors – has for the first time revealed the name of the Syrian training unit, the al-Kharsa brigade.

He said: “The attacks that happened in Paris and Brussels, the attackers were trained by them and left from Syria to Europe. “Sometimes there are foreigners who come to Syria and have training for specific missions. Then they do the attacks alone. Others are sleeper cells in Europe who want to join Daesh here, but can’t. They stay in their countries and contact (ISIS). Then they talk, and when they are ready they do the bombings.

He claimed the unit was still operational and using a smuggling route via Turkey as recently as February, despite huge losses of territory to Kurdish and Syrian government forces. The European fighter told how he married a Syrian woman when he arrived two and a half years ago and has close knowledge of al-Kharsa through his brother-in-law, a high-level ISIS commander.

Paris attack ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaou­d is thought to have been trained by ISIS in Syria and was a handler for the group’s external attack planning agency

He estimated 50 fanatics from countries including Germany, France, Belgium and Britain had completed the special training program. He said:

“They will make more suicide attacks in Europe because the coalition is bombing them a lot. They also want to carry out attacks in Lebanon.”

Last week, a list of 173 fanatics poised to strike in Europe had been found in a former ISIS stronghold in Mosul, Iraq.

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Israel Destroys Syrian Air Defence Battery After Alleged ‘Shelling’

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The IDF has cited its right to “thwart hostilities towards Israeli population”. The incident comes as the latest in a string of tit-for-tat attacks between Damascus and Tel Aviv that remain in a state of war for decades.
The Israeli Air Force has announced that its military jets destroyed an anti-aircraft battery east of the Syrian capital of Damascus on October 16. The incident has not yet been confirmed by the Syrian government.

According to the IDF, the “retaliatory” move came after Israeli jets had been targeted with an anti-aircraft missile launched from the Syrian territory. The military’s spokesperson has said that no hits had been confirmed. The jets were carrying out a routine reconnaissance mission over Lebanon.

While the IDF has blamed the Syrian government for the incident, it has yet again stated it “maintains its ability to thwart hostilities against Israeli civilians.” According to one of the heads of the Israeli military’s press service, Tel Aviv has also notified Russia that has a military presence Syria of the airstrike in real time.

“The Russians were notified in real time, or maybe just before [the attack],” the military official said. However, the IDF said that it “has no intention to destabilize the situation.”

In September Israeli jets attacked the Syrian army in the Hama province, however the IDF refused to comment on the incident. Israel and Syria have exchanged numerous tit-for-tat attacks over the disputed area of Golan Hights, seized by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967.

The move has been repeatedly condemned by the international community. According to the UN resolution adopted in 1981, the Golan Heights were declared as illegally occupied by Israel. In 2008, the United Nations reitterated its calls for Tel Aviv to return the ‘annexed territory’ — something that, according to the incumbent PM Benyamin Netanyahu, “Israel will never do”.

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Syrian Democratic Forces Begin Final Assault on ISIS in Raqqa

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The US-backed Syrian rebels have announced the final stage of their operation to free the former so-called ISIS “capital,” Raqqa, from terrorists.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said that they have started the final assault on Raqqa after the evacuation of civilians and Daesh terrorists, who agreed to leave the city.

“The battle will continue until the whole city is clean of the terrorists who refused to surrender, including the foreign fighters,” a statement by the SDF said on Sunday.

Earlier, the US-led coalition announced that an agreement has been reached to evacuate civilians from Raqqa. After a convoy with evacuees left the former “capital” of ISIS terrorist group, the final battle with remaining terrorists began. Reuters reported citing a militia spokesman that 275 Daesh fighters from Syria left Raqqa, according to the agreement, while 200-300 militants mostly of foreign origin remained in the city.

“We still expect there to be difficult fighting,” US-led coalition’s spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon said.

A source in the Syrian Democratic Forces that are conducting the Raqqa operation on the ground with the coalition’s support, told Sputnik on Friday that the city is set to be liberated from militants within 2-3 days. The source added that the strength of the terrorists is running out; their defeats in Raqqa have undermined their morale and prevent them from fighting back. According to SDF representatives, the Syrian rebels currently control about 90 percent of Raqqa.

Raqqa has been under ISIS control since 2013. On November 6, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, also consisting of Arab, Assyrian and Turkmen fighters, among others, announced the start of the military operation to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh terrorist group with the assistance of the US-led coalition’s airstrikes. Raqqa’s Old City was freed from Daesh last month.

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